Microsoft has issued a statement on the Itagaki-Tecmo lawsuit:
"Microsoft Issues Itagaki Statement
By: TeamXbox Staff - "TeamXbox"
Though TeamXbox hasn't received an official confirmation to our previous story regarding statements reportedly from Tomonobu Itagaki and his English-language translator, Andrew Szymanski, that Itagaki has left Tecmo and is suing the company, a spokesperson with Microsoft's Japan office did pass on a statement from his company that certainly eliminates any doubts as to the authenticity of the original e-mail:
"Tomonobu Itagaki has decided to leave Tecmo and Team NINJA to pursue other opportunities. We thank Tomonobu Itagaki for the many years he has supported Xbox as he has contributed immensely to the success of the videogame industry as a whole."
You can expect more details to come out regarding this stunning development, and count on TeamXbox to report them as they're received. "